UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Ohio River

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Champlain Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Last year, every event in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division, which is presented by Gajo Baits, was won entirely with smallmouth bass. This season, the kickoff event on Champlain, which is presented by Polaris, looks destined to involve some largemouths. Everyone in the top five weighed green ones on day one, though somewhat surprisingly, the south end down by Ticonderoga didn’t play an overwhelming role, as only three of the top 10 anglers made the long run southward.

In the lead, Bryan Thrift waylaid 22 pounds, 6 ounces of largemouths up north. Behind him, the weights are still pretty stout, with three other pros cracking the 20-pound barrier and five other pros edging past the 19-pound mark.

As usual on Champlain, wind is a concern going forward. Despite nearly perfect weather on day one, a pretty strong south wind is in the offing for Friday and Saturday. The forecast has been growing less severe as the week has gone on, but there’s a definite chance big wind and waves could wreck some plans as the week progresses.

Thrift's leading pattern 

Complete results

 

Brandt Tumberg

2. Brandt Tumberg – Moore, S.C. – 21-10 (5)

Just 22 years old, Brant Tumberg is fishing as a boater in the Costa FLW Series for the first time. Plopping 21-10 on the scale at Champlain is a pretty good way to start.

“I stayed north,” says Tumberg. “I had 18 pounds on my first spot with a topwater, and then I went flipping. I culled up two or three times, and I was done by 9 a.m.”

Catching all largemouths, Tumberg is decently optimistic about doing it again, and together with Thrift and Joe Wood, the top three could be on pace for some special things.

“I fished as a co-angler the past two years, so I felt fairly confident coming up here,” says Tumberg. “I feel okay about the topwater fish tomorrow, I don’t know if I can catch them as big, though. For flipping, I feel like I can catch them again too, but for three days it might dwindle. I caught the right ones fast, but they were all small after that.”

 

Joseph (Joe) Wood

3. Joe Wood – Westport, Mass. – 21-9 (5)

But for a dead fish penalty, Joe Wood could be in second place. As is, the Northern Division regular is an ounce back and right in the hunt as usual.

Wood weighed five largemouths after making the long run to Ti.

“I had found a grass mat the other day in practice that must have had 100 fish in the school,” says Wood. “You’d get bit every single cast. Today I went there and didn’t get a single bite. I spent two hours trying to find them.

“I could not re-locate the school, so I just went junk-fishing down there,”” says Wood. “I ended up getting six bites, but they were the right ones. I caught three of them in the grass and two of them off hard structure.”

Given the chance to go again, Wood is ready to put his Ranger in the wind and roll back to Ti.

“I’m gonna go down again and spend the first hour or two trying to re-locate that school,” says Wood. “They’re there somewhere; I just missed them, and it’s lights-out if I can find them. The water was about 6 inches higher today, and I think the mat I was fishing just got flooded. They’re somewhere.”

 

Lee Black

4. Lee Black – Danville, Ala. – 20-5 (5)

Hailing from Alabama, Black is one of more than a few southern folks making waves this week on Champlain. Like Wood, he made the run to Ti as well, and had to bounce around between a handful of spots to get his fish.

“I was just fishing grass, making a lot of casts,” says Black. “They were here and there. You’d come up to a good patch of grass and catch two or three, but I had to work for them. They wouldn’t stack.”

Unlike Wood, he’s not entirely committed to the south end. If it’s rough in the morning and blowing out of the south, Black says he had a good enough practice up north that he’s happy to give it a try.

 

Jimmy Kennedy

5. Jimmy Kennedy – Plainfield, Vt. – 19-15 (5)

He was planning on catching a lot of smallmouths, but Jimmy Kennedy ended up adapting his way to a big bag of north-end largemouths on day one.

“I caught one smallmouth today fishing a largemouth spot, and then I lost maybe my personal best largemouth today on a smallmouth spot,” says Kennedy of his topsy-turvy day. “I could not get the smallmouth to go – I went to my very best spot and I was catching like 8-inch smallmouths. I didn’t really have much going on for largemouths, so I just fished some history.”

Kennedy has plenty of history on Champlain, and a mix of grass with a little rock turned out to be a gold mine for him on the largemouth front. However, he’s not one to simply abandon the brown ones.

“Hopefully the smallies are going to turn on tomorrow,” says Kennedy. “We’re supposed to have more wind. I’m going to start on the largemouth tomorrow, but I’m going to run smallie water again for sure.”

Tags: jody-white  headline-story  2019-07-18-lake-champlain 

Top 10 Baits from Lake Erie

Top 10 Baits from Lake Erie

The Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie featured pretty tough fishing overall. On the first two days, many of the top pros ran to the Detroit River or St. Clair for their fish, and others plied the waters nearer Sandusky. On the final day, the entire field was confined to the waters in and around Sandusky Bay due to wind, and everyone switched to targeting largemouths. READ MORE »

Mundy Takes Erie Co-angler Title

Mundy Takes Erie Co-angler Title

Despite weighing in just 9 pounds, 9 ounces on the final day, it was still enough to move Dan Mundy of Swartz Creek, Mich., from second to first for the win in the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. With a total of 38-12, Mundy takes home a new Phoenix boat package valued at over $33,000. READ MORE »

Rogers Wins from 8th on Erie

Rogers Wins from 8th on Erie

Starting the final day in eighth place, Lee Rogers of Newton, N.J., rocketed up the leaderboard with the biggest limit of the day to win the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. With the field confined to the area around Sandusky Bay due to wind, Rodgers brought 15 pounds, 10 ounces to the scale for a total of 48-12 to earn his first win with FLW. For his win, Rogers gets the trophy and a $32,439 paycheck. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 3

Erie Midday Update – Day 3

With big winds present even before putting boats in the water, it was obvious that day three of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie was going to throw the anglers a curveball. After a short delay, the new boundaries were set from Marblehead Lighthouse to Cedar Point, and the pros blasted off in search of bass. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

The final day of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie is likely to change things up quite a bit. With many of the top pros making long runs, there’s a chance much of what happened on days one and two will be physically impossible on day three. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 2

Erie Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Toyota Series Northern Division event has been pretty slow across the board, and particularly for the leaders. Though the weather isn’t too bad and the wind is fairly manageable, the fishing in Erie is slower than it was yesterday. READ MORE »

Stokes Pulls Ahead on Erie

Stokes Pulls Ahead on Erie

One of a number of pros who elected to make the run from Sandusky to the Detroit River, Troy Stokes pulled into the lead on day two of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie. READ MORE »

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Erie Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie was not dominated by St. Clair as some expected. Though St. Clair did produce the lead for Scott Dobson, a hodgepodge of techniques and locations got it done for the other top pros on Erie. READ MORE »

Erie Midday Update – Day 1

Erie Midday Update – Day 1

From a weather standpoint, day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie has been almost too perfect. Slick and hot from the start, anglers have been able to go wherever they want and fish however they want. READ MORE »

Dobson Takes Slim Lead on Erie

Dobson Takes Slim Lead on Erie

The weights on day one of the Toyota Series Northern Division event on Lake Erie were about what folks expected: plenty of quality fish, but a lack of the plump 4- and 5-pounders that Erie is so known for. Weighing one of only two bags over 20 pounds, Scott Dobson put 20-12 on the scale after a day of fishing that took him as far from Sandusky as the mouth of the St. Clair River. READ MORE »

Ready to Rock on Erie

Ready to Rock on Erie

The Toyota Series Northern Division has undergone more than its share of schedule shuffling this year, but the kickoff is finally here. Taking off out of Sandusky, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, the time to chase smallmouths has arrived. READ MORE »

Piedmont Division Heads to Kerr

Piedmont Division Heads to Kerr

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Piedmont Division continues its season with back-to-back tournaments on Kerr Lake on July 18 and 19. READ MORE »

Review: Strike King Popping Perch

Review: Strike King Popping Perch

The frog world is pretty stacked with good options these days, but the Strike King Popping Perch still manages to stand out. READ MORE »

Northern Division Heads to Sandusky

Northern Division Heads to Sandusky

Swiftly rescheduled due to New York’s recently announced travel restrictions, the Toyota Series Northern Division is now kicking off on Lake Erie, launching out of Sandusky, Ohio, July 9-11. The event is the first of three in the division, with the others scheduled for August on Lake Champlain and on the Detroit River in September. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

Though Jacob Wheeler won the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga in grand style, his win didn’t impact the Angler of the Year standings. Only the original Pro Circuit anglers were competing for AOY points. That means the AOY focus is still on Ron Nelson, who slipped off his blazing pace a bit, but still holds the lead heading into the final two regular-season events in July and August on the Mississippi River and the Detroit River, respectively. READ MORE »

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Boater Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. For his victory, Pirowski earned a total of $5,337. READ MORE »

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his nearest competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory. READ MORE »

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Bloomington with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Monroe events presented by Fish-Intel. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Chickamauga

Top 10 Baits from Chickamauga

When so many anglers are throwing similar baits and running similar patterns, doing something a little different can be quite the advantage. Sure enough, the pros who made the top 10 at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga all had techniques or tactics of their own to set themselves apart. READ MORE »